A Level Chemistry

“Learners will study six different units across the two years and will sit exams at the end of year 12 (AS) and year 13 (A level).”

Qualification

A Level

Awarding Body

AQA

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Ms Ladha

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

Course Requirements

A-Level Chemistry is a demanding course. To be accepted, you will need a 6 in Chemistry and one other science, or a 6-6 in Combined Science: Trilogy.

 

The course does have a high demand of both literacy and mathematics so you will also need a 5 in English and a 6 in Maths.

 

You will also need good attendance & commitment grades.

What is the course structure?

Learners will study six different units across the two years and will sit exams at the end of year 12 (AS) and year 13 (A level).

What will I study?

A-Level Chemistry covers:

 

  • Physical chemistry (for example, atomic structure, bonding, thermodynamics and acids & bases)

  • Inorganic chemistry (for example, the Periodic Table, properties of elements and reactions of ions)

  • Organic chemistry (for example, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, polymers, chromatography & the chemistry of DNA)

Whilst studying A-Level Chemistry you will be taught in a variety of styles, both teacher-led and individual study-based. You will be encouraged to think for yourself throughout and to develop your own research and study skills.

 

You will learn how to analyse situations from a chemical perspective and will be encouraged to back up your class work with your own research.

 

Chemistry is a practical science and much of the content is studied using a wide variety of practical techniques and laboratory procedures. There is a series of standard practical tasks that all A-Level students undertake in Year 12 and Year 13.

 

Students have to design and carry out careful experiments and have to interpret and analyse data to reach reliable conclusions. Candidates are awarded a practical endorsement certificate at the end of the A-level.

How is the course assessed?

There are 3 papers and a practical endorsement.

Paper 1

  • Physical chemistry including sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8, and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12

  • Organic chemistry section 3.2

  • Relevant practical skills

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 105 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 35% of A-level

Paper 2

  • Physical chemistry including sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6, and 3.1.9

  • Organic chemistry section 3.3

  • Relevant practical skills

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 105 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 35% of A-level

Paper 3

  • Any content and any practical skills

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 90 marks: practical techniques and data analysis (40 marks), testing across the specification (20 marks), and multiple choice questions (30 marks)

  • 30% of A-level

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